"I turned 50 last night so I'm ready to pick up my AARP card," she joked on Saturday. "But it was a great party! Kelly Clarkson came to sing 'PrizeFighter' (their duet from Yearwood's forthcoming album) with me, and Garth brought out a cake he claimed he made himself, but I doubt it!"
Cookbook author and Food Network star Yearwood is obviously the cook in the family, though she downplayed her place in the Food + Wine Festival lineup of celebrity chefs including Jonathan Waxman, Aarón Sanchez, Michael Symon, Amanda Freitag and Andrew Zimmern.
"Everyone else doing demos this weekend will be amazingly trained culinary professionals," she told the audience in the Redbud Tent. "And then there's me! This is the first time I've done a food demo while on a music tour. I did two shows with my husband in Atlanta last night then flew up here and got in at 2 a.m., so I might be a little loopy. But since the show was in my hometown, my whole family came and I was able to kidnap my sister Beth and make her come help me out."
Beth Bernard – a collaborator on her sister's cookbooks and the show Trisha's Southern Kitchen – helped whip up Mrs. Carter's Skillet Apple Pie. While she stirred brown sugar into melted butter on the stovetop, Yearwood explained, "This is the easiest thing in the world to make. When we asked Mrs. Carter for the recipe, she did that typical Southern lady thing and said, 'Oh honey, it's so simple it's not even a real recipe!' This is my, 'Oh shoot, company's coming for dinner in 30 minutes and I forgot to do dessert' recipe" – which is not what Mrs. Carter would have called it. It's a no-brainer. Everyone will love it, and no one will guess how simple it is." It'll be in her third cookbook, out next year.
Meanwhile, Yearwood's first new album in seven years, PrizeFighter, will drop in November; the title song was released as the album's first single last week. The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is in Atlanta through Sept. 27, then rolls into Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 10.